Environment levy used to preserve Sunshine Coast’s Blue Heart

By intouch posted 11 December 2019 05:59

  

Almost 14 hectares was added to Sunshine Coast Council’s conservation estate last week, with a land acquisition at Bli Bli made from the community’s environment levy funds.

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Mayor Mark Jamieson said one of the important aspects of the levy is the ability to acquire land with important ecological and habitat values, to be preserved for current and future generations. 

“The Maroochy River Environment Reserve contains three different vegetation types, protects important riparian habitats and is home to five mangrove species, some of which may be up to 200 years old,” Mayor Jamieson said. 

“It is also located within the Blue Heart, an area of more than 5,000 hectares in the Maroochy River’s natural floodplain that forms the basis for an Australian-first blue carbon tripartite initiative being led by our council, in collaboration with Unitywater and Department of Environment and Science. 

“The acquisition of this site builds on the public land component of the Blue Heart project area within the Maroochy River floodplain.”

The Blue Heart contains important environmental features and acts as a critical flood storage area to protect the catchment from flood impacts.

“This initiative also seeks to provide sustainable options for existing private landholders in the area, in terms of blue carbon farming, as well as encouraging more sustainable land management practices within this important catchment,” said Jamieson.

“The Blue Heart also aims to strengthen the adaptation and resilience of the Sunshine Coast community, through the delivery of conservation, recreation and flood mitigation. Our council has a deep-seated and long-standing commitment to preserving the liveability and natural landscape of our region for current and future generations – and the acquisition of this property continues that commitment.”

Image: Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson (R) with Councillor Stephen Robinson at the new conservation site.  

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